"Mirror Game" review
We saw a theatre play by Dennis Foon in Palaiseau, it is a play about young adults, teenagers who have problems with their families, their sweethearts…
The actors were always on stage, but they didn’t always act, sometimes they were in the dark. They were not playing but they used props like books, make-up or balloons. There was no setting except when the parents were talking (at the back there was a little window with a microphone). The parents were represented by a big voice, and each time they “became” teenagers we always heard the same music. At the beginning and at the end, we heard the same music,it was a little bit psychedelic.
The actors interacted with the audience, especially Bob who always spoke to us directly. For example, at the beginning, when he said “She touched me.”, he was looking at the public.
The play stages four teenagers who have important trouble, like Luke( he was beaten by his father when he was a kid, and this is the reason why he beats Sarah). Maggie is alone all the time, her mother doesn’t care about her, Sarah is very tortured and she hurts herself to feel free.
Those problems are expressed by the play of the actors, by the lighting. For example, the whole performance was played on a dark stage, does it mean that their lives are awful ?
Each character had a place on the stage, Luke was at the back on the left, Sarah on the right and Bob in the foreground on the left, and Maggie on the right. They were all doing something special when they were not acting : Luke was doing sport, Sarah was smoking or making up, Maggie was reading and Bob was listening to music.
In fact they are represented like normal adolescents.
We perfectly understood the play, first because we had already studied the scenes, and also because it was interesting to see an English play with adolescents. Even if they all suffer, it was very funny; Bob was the funniest character.
Sarah Tanase and Maya Lombard